PhD Studentship in Experimental Particle Physics

University of Sussex - School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

We are pleased to offer a fully-funded studentship in Experimental Particle Physics, for a September 2017 start.

The University of Sussex Experimental Particle Physics group plays a critically important role in a number of experiments at the frontiers of our knowledge of particle physics, with main involvement in: the ATLAS experiment and its upgrades at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, the SNO+ neutrinoless double beta decay experiment at SNOLAB (Canada), the NOvA and DUNE neutrino oscillation experiments at Fermilab (USA), and the Neutron EDM experiment at PSI (Switzerland).

We are presently offering fully funded studentships on these projects available to UK and EU nationals for a September 2017 start. Funded studentships cover a tax free bursary (£14,296 per annum in 2016/17) and home/EU fees for 3.5 years. Additional financial support is provided to cover short-term and long-term travel. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held in February and March.

Funding is also available for Chinese nationals through a China Scholarship Council (CSC)/University of Sussex Joint Scholarship. Applicants interested in this opportunity must submit an online application by January 15, 2017. We also welcome applications from self-funded non-EU students interested in our experimental programme.

The studentship is available for any of the above areas with supervision by the appropriate member of the research team.

Award amount

£14296 (2016-17) per year tax-free maintenance bursary, plus UK/EU fees waived for 3.5 years.  This is a full-time studentship.


Applicants should hold, or expect to hold, a UK first class honours degree, or a good UK Master's degree, or equivalent non-UK qualifications, in a relevant subject. If you are unsure about the equivalence of your qualifications, contact us on

Applicants should have UK or EU residency.  However, non-EU students can also apply. Due to UK government requirements a non-EU student would pay higher fees. However, we hope to have additional funding available for an academically-strong candidate.

How to Apply

Apply on-line via the University of Sussex portal at

State in the Finance Information section that the award you are applying for is "The PhD Studentship in Experimental Particle Physics".


Application deadline: 27 February 2017.

Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held in February and March of 2017.

The start date at Sussex will be 21 September 2017.

First payments of awards will be made 1 October 2017.

Contact details

Detailed information about PhD opportunities and available project areas can be found at:

Questions about eligibility, your application, or the admissions process, contact Rebecca Foster (

Academic questions, contact Dr W Clark Griffith ( or Prof. Antonella De Santo (

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